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Can you ever really know who you are?

by Michael Maciel There is a spiritual experience called “Self-realization,” a term popularized in the spiritual movement by Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship that brings a person face-to-face, so to speak, with their own being. Call it a “point of emergence” or … Continue reading

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What Is the Illumination Event?

by Michael Maciel The central reality of our existence is the Sun at the center of our Solar System. We are immersed in its life-giving energies, as though we were “in” the Sun and not merely revolving around it at … Continue reading

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Where your treasure is…

by Michael Maciel   “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:21   Jesus is telling us that we want what we value.   This is actually a straightforward observation of human nature. Whenever we … Continue reading

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Another Way to Pray

by Michael Maciel There’s one type of prayer that we don’t talk about very much—creative prayer. I’m not talking about asking God for favors or using prayer as a last-ditch effort to solve a problem, but rather as a way … Continue reading

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Notes on the Vow of Service

by Michael Maciel The word “vow” seems antiquated, doesn’t it? It sounds so monastic, so religious, so restrictive. In my book, The Five Vows, I tried to develop the idea that vows, unlike the negative baggage they’re burdened with, are really … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Prayer and Meditation?

by Michael Maciel In the Pagan traditions, it was almost easier to pray because the One God was divided up into separate attributes, each one governing different aspects of life. So you knew which God to pray to, depending on … Continue reading

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One Mountain, Many Vantage Points

by Michael Maciel For every spiritual process, there is a physical bodily function and structure. Our body truly is the microcosm of the macrocosm. It changes over time, that’s true, but over eons of time, vast stretches of time that … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Winning

by Michael Maciel Second place is just the first loser. – NASCAR adage Yeah, competition is tricky that way, isn’t it. Unless you stake everything, and I mean everything on winning, you’re likely to lose. Second place is not an option. … Continue reading

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Write it down!

by Michael Maciel Do you keep a spiritual journal? Many esoteric schools require their students to write down their spiritual experiences in a personal notebook. There is something about putting pen to paper that has the power to organize our … Continue reading

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The Biology of Gender

by Michael Maciel Authority is a masculine trait, whether it manifests in a man or a woman. And obedience is a feminine trait, whether it manifests in a woman or a man. It is the TRAIT, not the body, that … Continue reading

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